Crusaders tighthead prop Owen Franks has been given a two-week suspension after pleading guilty to a charge of striking a player with the arm.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from Franks for contravening Law 9.12 after he was cited during a Super Rugby clash with the Blues.
Franks has been suspended from all forms of the game for two weeks, up to and including Saturday, June 2.
The incident occurred in the 36th minute of the match at Eden Park in Auckland.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and John Langford assessed the case.
In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following:
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles, and a statement from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 9.12.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of four weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the players good record over an extensive playing history which includes only one previous judicial sanction, his expressed remorse and apology to the other player, and the Player’s guilty plea at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to two weeks.
“The player is therefore suspended for two weeks, up to and including Saturday 2 June 2018.”
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